Rygor Commercials answers Priest’s prayers with a second Mercedes-Benz Vito

The heavy haulage escort business is all about accident prevention, and in his new Mercedes-Benz Jason Priest has one of the safest vans on the road.

His company Priest Abnormal Load Services is based in Droitwich, Worcestershire, and acquired the Vito 111 CDI from the Kidderminster branch of Dealer Group Rygor Commercials.

Mr Priest’s biggest customer is the Allelys Group, which operates from nearby Studley and specialises in transporting the heaviest, longest and most precious locomotives. The family-run haulier was the subject of the six-part factual series Train Truckers broadcast on UKTV’s Yesterday channel earlier this year. Mr Priest and his previous Vito also made several appearances. read more

ParcelHero: Home deliveries more environmental than driving to the high street

The parcel comparison site ParcelHero says its recent study How will home deliveries retain the green crown? reveals that buying online will create substantially fewer CO2 emissions than traditional shopping trips this Christmas.

ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says: “There really shouldn’t be any more debate about whether online shopping is naughty or nice this Christmas. A dedicated car trip for a specific gift will generate 4,274 grammes of CO2 per kilometre, but a successful first-time home delivery creates just 181 grammes of CO2 per km per parcel.” read more

Bringg research reveals 5 day delivery is unacceptable

Research from delivery orchestration platform Bringg has revealed half of US retailers do not meet customers’ expectations for delivery.

Bringg Barometer 2020, State of Retail Report pairs original survey data of over 1,000 customers collected in cooperation with Google Surveys and compares it with an extensive evaluation of the delivery offerings of 50 top US retailers. Based on data from the last quarter of 2019, it sheds light on the gap between consumer expectations and retailer’s offerings, and how retailers can meet and exceed them in the future read more

Gardner Distribution looks at the complete package with the arrival of nine new Volvo trucks across the range

Devon based, Gardner Distribution has added nine new Volvo trucks to its 77-strong vehicle operation. The eight FL and FE rigids will be used on work for The Pallet Network, whilst a sole FH tractor unit is being deployed on long distance general haulage.

Volvo Trucks tick a lot of boxes for Gardner Distribution. “Firstly our Volvos have great driver acceptance. This is important with the current skills shortage. Consideration of drivers’ feedback has become an important part of the vehicle purchasing process,” notes Kevin Gardner, Managing Director at Gardner Distribution. “Our Volvo distribution vehicles are robust and economical,” Kevin adds. read more

FORS, the national voluntary accreditation, helps Epping fuel business reduce costs

New Era Fuels, a fuels, oils and lubricant company based in Epping has achieved a 40 per cent improvement in MPG thanks to its membership of FORS – the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme – and reached the highest level of accreditation, FORS Gold.

FORS is a voluntary scheme open to any company operating commercial vehicles across the UK or overseas. Its goal is to drive-up safety, efficiency and environmental standards across the road transport industry, by helping fleets operate as safely and efficiently as possible, while also reducing their environmental impact. read more

Agile Arocs crane truck lifts Mercedes-Benz to a new high with Plant Speed

Mercedes-Benz can now lay claim to the lion’s share of the Plant Speed fleet, after delivering the Bristol-based operator’s first rigid vehicle to wear a three-pointed star.

The eight-wheeler’s arrival means that Dealer City West Commercials has now supplied nine of the 16 trucks on which its customer relies to move heavy plant and equipment, including out-of-gauge and break bulk consignments, throughout the UK and Europe.

The new 32-tonne Arocs 3246 has a flat-floored BigSpace cab and is powered by the top-rated 340 kW (460 hp) version of the second-generation 10.7-litre OM 470 ‘straight six’. It has a beavertail plant body by Andover Trailers and a 56 tonne/metre Fassi crane, as well as a coupling for pulling drawbar trailers. read more

FedEx joins Collect+

 FedEx Express (FedEx) has announced a collaboration with PayPoint. As a result of the new partnership, FedEx will also join Collect+, the UK’s largest independent store-based delivery and returns service. 

 FedEx and Collect+ have rolled the service out to more than 2,300 Collect+ stores across the UK. This brings the total number of convenience locations where recipients can collect their parcels, to almost 11,500 across Europe. The service aims to increase access for all recipients outside of regular delivery and office hours, by offering a range of flexible and convenient locations where packages can be collected. read more

WLTP rules for vans could disincentivise adoption of fuel saving measures, warns Arval UK

New WLTP rules for vans could potentially disincentivise fleets from adopting fuel-saving designs, says Arval UK.

The WLTP data being used for converted and bodied chassis only take into account the frontal dimensions of the vehicle and do not include any streamlining measures fitted by body builders such as aerodynamic collars and bulkheads.

The issue is likely to affect Luton and box bodies that are widely used by businesses ranging from individual traders through to major fleets, points out Eddie Parker, Product Manager, LCVs, at Arval UK read more

Applications for the World Post & Parcel Awards are open

WHO WILL BE YOUR INDUSTRY LEADER IN 2020?

We are excited to announce that nominations for the Industry Leadership Award 2020 are now open!

Part of the world-renowned World Post & Parcel Awards programme, the Industry Leadership Award recognises the exemplary leadership of an individual in advancing the mail, parcels or express industry.

This coveted award is now open for public nomination and has been won by some of the most prestigious names in the global delivery industry including Khalil Daoud, Francisco De Lacerda, Philippe Wahl, Herna Verhagen and more. read more